Old age is a reality and everyone will grow old one day. It sounds negative. Why? The answer is old age is associated with diseases and disability. Old age is associated with hypertension, heart diseases, diabetes, cataract, joint problems. These can be tackled if we prepare ourselves from young days.
To be healthy at old age requires one to take care of himself/herself from the young days.
There are very general guidelines like we should not drink alcohol, we should not smoke, avoid fried foods, take more vegetables and fruits. We preach but don’t practice.
There are some very simple lifestyle guidelines that promises overall well being & a healthy body even when you grow old.
Walking is great at any age. It can be good if some simple exercise can be done along with walking such as sit up and sit down, neck exercises, hand movement – These help in building stamina, strengthening muscle and promote good blood circulation.
Always contribute in household task like dusting, brooming, washing etc. these are indirect ways of exercising.
Pick up a hobby, cherish the passion for which you didn’t get time when you were young. It can be gardening, photography, mountaineering or even travelling. Its the time to do what you always wanted to do.
Food is important. Avoid too much salt, sugar and oily food. Have more of vegetables and fruits.
Do some social service. This helps to bring positive energy and also keep your mind engaged. Help others and people will help you when you are in need.
Avoid being irritated. Accept and appreciate other’s point of view. The generation gap between parents and children and grand children can be tackled very easily with open communication & a little patience.
The biggest problem during old age is ‘loneliness’. Engage yourself in something of interest and you will not find time for ‘complaining’.